UNLEASHES EXPLOSIVE SINGLE + VIDEO
TEASES FORTHCOMING EP OUT LATE 2021
Since singing to UNFD in 2020, Wollongong’s Up Late has cemented his status as one of the label’s most fluid and genre defying artists. Today finds its creative engine, Max Pasalic, releasing an explosive new single called ‘DIVA’ – a 1:34 burst of distorted screaming carnage, and a track he dubs his most “sinister offering yet”.
Straddling tones of rap, hip hop, and hardcore, ‘DIVA’ finds Up Late touching on distinct memories of pain.
“I often reference my own terrible, and painful moments in Up Late songs,” says Pasalic. “Even if they sound like they’re a broad reference point, most of the time I can pinpoint horrible moments that I want to express, or get past through writing. ‘DIVA’ is about the contradiction of ‘being your best self’. That colloquial ‘instagram-typecast line’ can be a beautiful sentiment for some, but for the most part (in my opinion) it gives agency and cause to the self-destructive side of your brain. ‘DIVA’ is about being ‘your best’ and also ‘worst self’ in the internet age, partying to access the smallest sliver of serotonin your brain has left – even if you’re going to feel even worse the next day.
“What goes up must come down. I’m conscious that a lot of my teens and early twenties have been spent celebrating, even if there’s nothing to celebrate. That echo chamber that you deserve to be your best self and drink till the early morning becomes a deceptive and contradictory cycle. I’m not sober but I know my limits and I like to be in control. I think now I realise you can have a lot more fun partying when you’re sober, and perhaps I have ‘DIVA’ to thank for that.”
‘DIVA’s release is complemented by its equally explosive music video, and marks the second single from Up Late’s upcoming sophomore EP, teased for release in the coming months.
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About Up Late:
There are few in the Australian music scene with a more polarising baptism of fire than Up Late, the monicker of Wollongong-based singer, producer and artist Max Pasalic. Introduced to hardcore and rap at 11, before balancing a stacked touring schedule, production sessions and high-school studies by 17, Pasalic then turned his attention to his own vocal abilities and found break out success on triple j with his early heavy band After Touch.
In 2020 Pasalic brought together his wide and varied background to his first solo project, Up Late. After debuting the project with a knockout entry into triple j’s DIY Supergroup comp in May that year, Up Late scored an honourable mention among 900+ other entrants, a nomination as one of the “10 most exciting discoveries of 2020” by triple j and nods from local music media including Pilerats, Life Without Andy, Music Feeds, Blunt Magazine + more who would call him ‘2020’s break-out’.
An intriguing mix of influences underpin the Up Late sound. From touching on elements of heritage acts likes Kanye West and Silverstein, to drawing comparisons to some of today’s biggest alternative big hitters like Machine Gun Kelly, Mod Sun and nothing, nowhere. and City Morgue – Up Late simply refuses to be pinned to one box.
In December 2020, Up Late’s work culminated in the release of his debut ‘STARS’ EP, co-written with Nat J. Sherwood and featuring collaborations with Moonbase and Hearteyes. In early 2021 he sunk his teeth into Void Of Vision‘s ‘Hyperdaze – Up Late Remix‘, remixing the song alongside Sherwood before releasing his own new single ‘YOU PEAKED IN HIGH SCHOOL!‘.
Soon after, Melbourne e-sports juggernauts, Fortress approached Up Late to pen their theme song, TIDAL WAVE (Fortress Theme) together with Sherwood.
Each release so far has been a complete flex on his flair for unusual genre blends, and Up Late is set to demonstrate this all again with the reveal another EP in late 2021.
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